Serpent Songs in Bibliothèque Rouge paperback

Scarlet Imprint recently tweeted that the “Bibliothèque Rouge paperback edition of Serpent Songs is with the printer, & should be with us in a few weeks” and so should be available shortly if not by the time of this post. This book was announced back in April, 2013 and is still available in other formats, including digital, but this new edition is in the their laudable tradition of making affordable paperback and digital editions intended to foster “the transmission of information and knowledge” as well as make working and travelling copies, along side their fine talismanic crafted editions, available.

Serpent Songs are the works and words of those who remain untamed, from Cunning Folk to Exorcists to Pellars to Sorgin and Witches and Mystics.

A collection of fifteen essays are introduced and curated by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold through whose contacts we encounter the worlds of lone practitioners and tradition holders, from both family and clan, and are allowed a rare glimpse into the workings of the more secretive proponents of the Craft.”

Serpent Songs is a wide ranging work that deals with the issues of witch blood, taboo, the other, the liminal state, fire, dream, art and need as vectors of the Craft. What emerges is not a narrow definition of what it means to engage in Traditional Craft, but a set of shared characteristics and approaches which become evident despite the cultural gulfs in place and time. This is a book of praxis, beliefs and their own definitions of the art itself rather than those applied to it by outsiders. These are the voices who for the most part operate in silence but now wish to be heard.”